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  • Blog Post: Calling all System Administrators to provide feedback on Configuration Change Tracking Challenges

    We are looking for System\Server Administrators to take a 10 question anonymous survey on challenges around Configuration Change tracking . This would be extremely helpful to us on the product team. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/393YQQC - Satya Vel
  • Blog Post: Boris Yanushpolsky's OpsMgr Toolbelt

    http://blogs.msdn.com/boris_yanushpolsky/ Boris has been authoring some really good utilities like Override Explorer, Proxy Enable (bulk computers), and Override Creator. If you are an OpsMgr Admin, you need to check back at his site often. My name is Boris Yanushpolsky and I am Program Manager...
  • Blog Post: To Repair or not to Repair, that is the question?

    I have recently seen many different uses of the agent "Repair…" action when it comes to agent install and upgrade. I have put together the following information with the help of the setup team to guide you on the uses of the repair action. Summary: When running agent repair the system basically...
  • Blog Post: SCOM 2007 R2 and SP1 now supports SQL Server 2005 SP4

    OM Community, System Center Operations Manager 2007 SP1 and System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 now supports SQL Server 2005 SP4 .  Note: We will have the Supported Configuration and a KB article posted in the next few weeks to make this more official, but feel free to go ahead and install...
  • Blog Post: Playing a Sound When a New MOM Alert Comes In

    We had another one of those interesting threads on an internal distribution alias today about playing a sound when a new alert comes into MOM. While MOM doesnt support this natively, the contributors to this thread came up with some interesting options: Instead of or in addition to playing a...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr 2007 R2 now supports SQL 2008 R2 SP1

    OM Community, System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 now supports SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 . Note: We will have the Supported Configuration posted in the next few weeks to make this more official, but feel free to go ahead and install it. Thanks! Nishtha Soni | Program Manager
  • Blog Post: New R2 Deployment Complex Scenarios (Adding Clustered RMS and Upgrading to SQL 2008)

    In OM2007R2, we have introduced two new complex deployment scenarios we did not support in OM2007SP1. I am going to take a few minutes here and outline the new scenarios and procedures. Adding Clustered RMS to an Existing Deployment In OM2007SP1, clustering a Root Management Server (RMS) was only...
  • Blog Post: System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Admin ResKit Released!

    I am pleased to announce the release of the System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Administration Resource Kit. The System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Administration Resource Kit includes three tools designed to help improve the Operations Manager Administrator experience. Included: Schedule...
  • Blog Post: Operations Manager Data Retention and Grooming Information

    The attached Word 2007 file written by Daniel Savage contains information about data retention and grooming that many of you might find useful. Click the heading title to drill into the post and then a link to the attachment will appear.
  • Blog Post: Notifications Update Alert History Tool

    One of the challenges we face when working with notifications in System Center Operation Manager is figuring out if a notification subscription was triggered and who received it. Currently in OM2007SP1 and OM2007R2 we do not record when the notification was sent and who received the message. The following...
  • Blog Post: Topology changes in System Center 2012 Operations Manager (Overview)

    OM Community, In this blog post, I will explain the changes made to the Operations Manager 2012 infrastructure topology. The purpose of this post is not to do a deep technical explanation on how some of these new features work but more of an overview around the new changes and how they may affect...
  • Blog Post: How to link multiple Gateway Servers together?

    Overview: In Operations Manager, the Gateway server role is primary used for monitoring servers outside the Root Management Servers trusted Domain boundary. Another popular use of the Gateway role is for performance improvements by placing gateways in sites with poor network connectivity. Sometimes it...
  • Blog Post: OM2007R2 Support for SQL 2008 R2

    I am pleased to announce support of SQL 2008 R2 with System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 databases.  Support is divide into two phase so please read KB2425714 for details. Phase 1: Clean install of OM2007R2 on SQL 2008 R2.  Take a look at the KB to get OM2007R2 installed on a SQL 2008...
  • Blog Post: Audit Collection (ACS) Database and Disk Sizing Calculator for OpsMgr 2007

    Recently I got some emails requesting for a ACS DB sizing calculator similar to what I had published for the OpsMgr Database and Data warehouse. While I was unable to put one for the ACS DB I did find that a couple of months ago Pete Zerger one of the OpsMgr MVPs put together an Audit Collection (ACS...
  • Blog Post: Operations Manager 2007 Security Guide Updated April 2008

    The Operations Manager 2007 Security Guide has been updated and can be found at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=64017 . New topics in this release: · Using a Firewall in Operations Manager 2007 · Setting up Communications Across a Domain – Workgroup Boundary · How to Set the Action...
  • Blog Post: System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 now supports SQL Server 2008 SP2

    Quick heads up! The Supported Configurations Statement for OM2007R2 has been updated to support SQL Server 2008 SP2 .  We now support the following roles on SQL Server SP2: Operations Manager database Data Warehouse database Audit Collections database Reporting* *Note: When using SQL 2008 Service...
  • Blog Post: Windows Agent Install MSI Use Cases and Commands

    Recently, I have had a bunch for requests for more detail on installing a Windows Agent or upgrading a Agent from the command line. So here you go!! Use Case Command Fresh Install and set specific action account msiexec.exe /i \\path\Directory\MOMAgent.msi /qn /l*v %temp%\MOMAgentinstall.log USE_SETTINGS_FROM_AD...
  • Blog Post: Operations Manager 2007 SP1 Release Candidate to be available November 2007

    The Operations Manager team is making good progress on readying the first Service Pack for the Operations Manager 2007. The high level themes of this service pack are: · Address critical customer initiated issues including roll-up of all hotfixes · Make the product easier to support · Make the...
  • Blog Post: Installing Web Console on Windows Server 2008

    Recently, I have seen a bunch of newsgroup questions on installing the Web Console component on Windows Server 2008. Please take a look at the following requirements to get up and running on Server 2008 You must add the Web Server (IIS) role and then install the following server role services...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring Password Expirations

    The question has recently come up, what about password expiration used for Run As Account (and action account) credentials? If you are using Local System, there is no password to expire. If you specified a domain account, we have you covered (for the most part). When you specify a domain account,...
  • Blog Post: Schedule Maintenance Mode Reskit Tool Info

      I have a quick update on the Schedule Maintenance Mode RESKIT Tool, also some information \ best practices. Best Practices: Do not go beyond 20 Jobs scheduled.  Anything over this will start to place too much load on your Root Management Server Do not schedule more then 20 items in one Job...
  • Blog Post: Security Hardening Guide

    The Microsoft Operations Manager 2007 Security Hardening Guide is designed to provide you with essential information about how to further protect, or harden, your Operations Manager 2007 environment in conjunction with the Security Configuration Wizard (SCW). SCW is an attack-surface reduction tool for...
  • Blog Post: grayed out healthy agent icon

    Recently we have been receiving some questions on the meaning of the 'grayed-out, Healthy' agent status icon (see picture below). You will see this in the Monitoring space in the Computers view and the Discovered Inventory view and the Operations Manager ==> Agent ==> Agent Health State view...
  • Blog Post: Additional Resource, OpsManJam site is live

    Hi all - An additional resource for Operations Manager 2007 MP Authors and IT Pro's is now live at OpsManJam . This site, sponsored by Microsoft, focuses on MP Authoring best practices and tutorials. There is deployment and administration content for the IT Pro, too. You can download content such as...
  • Blog Post: Infrastructure Planning Guide for OpsMgr 2007 SP1

    A few of us have been working with the Solutions Accelerator team and Pete Zerger to come up with an Infrastructure Planning Guide for OpsMgr 2007 which got published a couple of weeks ago . This document will lead readers through a sequence of core decision points to design an infrastructure for OpsMgr...